cia

Leaks and Lies

Eli Lake in Bloomberg View thinks people in the permanent government selectively leaked highly classified information to damage a political appointee. He calls what happened to Michael Flynn a “political assassination”. Normally intercepts of U.S. officials and citizens are some of the most tightly held government secrets. This is for good reason. Selectively disclosing details of private

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Russian Election Hacking

In 2012 President Obama told Russian President Medvedev he would be much more flexible after the election. Obama thought his remarks were private but he was speaking into an open mic in front of tv cameras. Lucky for him, there was no Republican narrative of Russian election hacking in 2012. It might have seemed plausible, considering the fact that Obama repeatedly mocked

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Killing Putin

In his Super Bowl interview with President Trump, Bill O’Reilly accused the Russian President of killing people. Trump’s response? “You think our country’s so innocent?” That made me think of one of my favorite exchanges between Michael Corleone and Kay Adams: Michael: My father is no different than any powerful man, any man with power, like a

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Political Intelligence Dossier Dosey Doe

The CIA has a “high degree of confidence” that Putin hacked the election in favor of Trump. CNN reported that intelligence agencies had briefed Trump about an incriminating dossier. The document, compiled by a former British spy, implies Trump could be manipulated by Russia.  BuzzFeed published a whiz bang story revealing the dossier’s unverified contents. Intelligence Meanwhile FBI Director James

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Benghazi Report

Trey Gowdy released the  800 page Benghazi Report on Tuesday. Hillary called it old news from the vast right wing conspiracy and said it’s time to move on. Here’s some of the “old news” from Politico. • The State Department Failed to protect diplomats • The CIA was confused about who our allies were. Americans were

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Is Lockheed Martin Shadowing You? William D. Hartung How a Giant Weapons Maker Became the New Big Brother Have you noticed that Lockheed Martin, the giant weapons corporation, is shadowing you?  No?  Then you haven’t been paying much attention.  L…

Creating The “Domestic Surveillance State”

Creating the “Domestic Surveillance State” by Alfred W. McCoy In his approach to National Security Agency surveillance, as well as CIA renditions, drone assassinations, and military detention, President Obama has to a surprising extent embraced th…